Clever DIY Tips for a Fresh-Smelling Home

We tend to get accustomed to smells within our own home, because we spend so much time in it, but guests can sometimes detect things that we can’t. Home odors happen to the best of us, and knowing how to get rid of them effectively and cheaply before they become permanent can be a lifesaver. Keep in mind, while there are heavy-duty ways to rid your home of any unwelcome odors, many of the natural products you already have in your kitchen, pantry, or bathroom can do the trick just as well! 

  • Make Good Use of the Liquor Cabinet – Vodka is a great antiseptic, and can be combined with essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus in a spray bottle to make a perfect homemade air freshener that skips the chemicals that come in store-bought versions. It also works harder, because vodka not only dissipates quickly but also absorbs odor remarkably well.
  • Vinegar for Everything – vinegar is a low cost, natural, and non-harmful way to clean almost everything in your home. You can add it to your laundry machine to neutralize musty smells, simmer it on the stove to soak up any smells that linger after cooking, and even clean, disinfect, and deodorize wood or tile floors.
  • Repurpose Coffee Grounds – Fresh or leftover coffee grounds will absorb odors inside of fridges, cabinets, or microwaves if they are stubborn. Simply place the grounds in a sealed plastic container, punch holes in the lid, and place wherever there are lingering odors.
  • Use Citrus in Your Garbage Disposal – Because your disposal comes in contact with a lot of food bits, it can get a funky smell very quickly. An easy way to clean it and have it smelling fresh is to run it with lemon or lime rinds and plenty of water, with a pinch of baking soda for getting rid of particularly strong smells.